Snake staff in progress

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 773 days ago 1605 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve started another snake carving, on a piece of twisted wood a carver brought me from south Arkansas. I roughly carved and shaped the entire body and head somewhat following the shape of the wood that had been twisted by the vines around it. I used a knife to strip the bark and then followed that with large bit in my rotary grinder to remove all the bark and stuff. I like to make sure the body and head are shaped fairly realistically, and I really don’t worry too much about the branch it is wrapped around; I’m not trying to make the branch look that natural. Mostly because I generally don’t have enough wood left after getting the snake to have a full body shape! I like to get the body and head shaped and smoothed before I start carving the details and burning the scales in. The undercutting I do with knives, helps the body appear to be more around the wood, rather than just a piece of the stick or something that is part of the stick. The little shadows and details had a lot of movement to it. I’ll post more pictures when I get further along. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 773 days ago

Can’t wait! Love the detail on the snake’s head…. very nice!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 773 days ago

Way awesome Mike, like always. I think I hear a hisssssssss

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 773 days ago

That head looks alive. Can’t wait to see the rest.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 773 days ago

well mike i sent you a long pm that i never heard from you, am i on your bad list or what, if so just let me know what i did wrong….if i can fix it ill try, if not ill leave you alone….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 772 days ago

Yikes! I apologize Grizzman….I knew there was something I was supposed to be doing!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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